Ripon Runners brave summer heat across Europe


Ripon Runners’ bravest members participated in not only some of the toughest races last weekend, but they also battled record summer temperatures.

With conditions making even a 10k race seem like a marathon, the trio of husband and wife team Billy and Lena Conlin and veteran John Bull took to the Outlaw event at Nottingham’s National Water Sports Centre.

The triathlon event is based on Ironman distances combining a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 miles bike ride and a 26.2 miles run.

Billy Conlin completed his first Tri attempt at this distance in an incredible 12 hours 50 minutes. Lena knocked more than half an hour off last year’s time, finishing in 14.40.

Bull, 67, was second in his age category in a minute over 16 hours.

Paul Walker not only contended with the heat but an ankle injury while competing in the Coniston Trail Marathon.

Despite the injury he managed to finish 79th out of 259 runners in four hours 20 minutes 51 seconds.

Six runners headed to Italy to compete in the rough terrain Zermatt Marathon & Ultra Marathon, which has the highest-altitude finish line in Europe at 2,585m above sea level.

Iain Wallace was the fasted Ripon athlete in the 28.5 mile race, stopping the clock one minute inside six hours.

His wife Jo ran home in 6:38 with son Stu, recovering from a broken sternum, in 7:28.

Lisa Quinn completed the 26.2 mile marathon distance in five hours 47 minutes.

Ray Raper was home in 6:18 and Paul Morgan, suffering from altitude sickness, ended in 6:56.